Dietetic Internship

Saint Louis University’s combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship is a 15-month program designed to train students to become competent entry-level dietitians and provide preparation for the dietetic registration examination while earning a Master's degree.

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Dietetic interns will have opportunities to make an impact at SLU's urban garden and in the St. Louis community. 


Beginning in mid-August, the internship program provides a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice rotations in a variety of health care facilities in St. Louis and surrounding areas. There are approximately 15 rotations in the SLU dietetic internship. Each rotation lasts one to three weeks and focuses on an aspect of dietetics practice related to a specific disease/condition, life-cycle stage or population group.

SLU’s dietetic internship accepts 34 interns annually. Applicants may apply to one or all internship concentration areas. Applicants should submit only one application regardless of whether they are applying to one or all concentrations, but a separate personal statement letter for each concentration is required.

Dietetic internship concentrations include:

 

Curriculum

All dietetic interns must be admitted to Doisy College’s graduate education program and are considered full-time graduate students with all rights and privileges. Interns must maintain a minimal grade point average of a B- in each graduate course with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 to remain in the graduate program. The courses are taught on SLU’s campus in the evening following the assigned clinical rotations.

  • DIET 5910: Dietetic Internship (fall, spring, summer 3 credits)
  • DIET 5100/5130: Human Nutrition and Physiology (fall, spring, 3 credits each)
  • DIET 5870: Seminar in Dietetics Research - Thesis Track Only (fall, 1 credit)
  • DIET 5960 or DIET 5990: Nutrition Capstone or Nutrition Thesis
Faculty
  • Amy Moore, Ph.D., MPH, RD, LD
  • Katie Eliot, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, MPH, RD, CSP
  • Rabia Rahman, M.S., RD, LD
Internships and Careers

Registered dietitian/nutritionists frequently work in hospitals or other health care facilities, as well as in food and nutrition-related businesses and industries. You may also work in a school, hospital or commercial kitchen, catering, or in nutrition and culinary services.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants are expected to meet the following requirements for entrance into the dietetic internship:

  • A bachelor's degree in dietetics, nutrition or related area with verification of completion of an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program within five years of application
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum GPA in major of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required with desirable scores of 150 in both verbal and quantitative sections and 4 in the writing section within five years of application.

When requesting GRE scores from ETS, use the following coding:

Saint Louis University code: 6629
Nutrition code: 0214

Applicants will need:

  • Three letters of recommendation. Two should be from college professors/instructors, and one should be from a work supervisor. Please choose professors/supervisors who can adequately assess your abilities to perform in a dietetic internship and as a registered dietitian. When completing the application form, you must include the name and email address for each reference. This will initiate an email message requesting online completion of a reference form. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02472. They will be scanned and included in your online application.
  • A personal statement including professional interests, goals, personal attributes, etc. qualifying you as a good candidate for the SLU dietetic internship, as well as which concentration(s) you wish to study. A separate personal statement is required for each concentration and should be uploaded to the supplemental materials section in the DICAS application. DICAS will require the personal statement to be 1,000 words or less.

Applicants must also register online for computer matching with D&D Digital and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline dates posted online. There is a $50 computer matching fee. 

There is no application fee for the SLU dietetic internship program.

A phone interview may be conducted by one or more members of the selection committee. The interview will last 20 to 30 minutes and will cover the following topic areas:

  • The different roles in dietetics and the areas of practice
  • Your interest in becoming a dietitian and your career goals
  • Your expectations of this internship
  • Your attributes that make you a strong candidate for our program

Additional information regarding the phone interview process will be provided to applicants upon receipt of the application.

The applications to the dietetic internship and graduate program are separate processes. The application for the graduate program should be initiated after the applicant has been accepted into the internship. There is a $40 graduate program application fee. The graduate program application can be completed online.

Applicant matching results will be posted on D&D Digital on appointment day. This is the only source of notification for applicants. Each applicant will receive either one match or no match after login. All applicants who receive one match will find the matched DI program name and contact information to accept the appointment. Matched applicants must contact the DI program on notification or appointment day to confirm acceptance of the match. No arrangements should be made with any other DI programs.

Matched applicants to the SLU dietetic internship must contact the Dietetic Internship Director Rabia Rahman by email at mosborn5@slu.edu  to confirm acceptance of the match. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.

Final transcripts, DPD verification and the dietetic internship admission fee must be submitted prior to beginning the internship program.

Pre-select Dietetic Internship Admission Option

The purpose of this option is to offer qualified SLU undergraduate dietetic and DPD students the opportunity to apply for admission into the SLU dietetic internship/master’s program during their senior year and be granted direct admission into the program upon final acceptance and successful completion of the Bachelor of Science and DPD program requirements.  

Students will commit to taking part in the SLU dietetic internship the year following undergraduate completion and bypass the computer-matching application and selection dietetic internship selection process.

Criteria for current SLU students:
Students currently enrolled at Saint Louis University who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the pre-select admission option during their senior year and/or after completion of “Advanced Nutrition” (DIET 3850):

  • A minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA)*
  • A minimum of a 3.4 GPA in the core Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)**
  • A grade of C or better in DPD coursework
  • Completion of the core upper division nutrition courses (DIET 4100 and DIET 4150 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, II) at Saint Louis University

Students who have transferred into SLU’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics are eligible to apply for the pre-select admission option after completing a minimum of two full-time semesters at Saint Louis University, in addition to meeting the other criteria listed above.

*Undergraduate and graduate coursework will be considered in the cumulative GPA.
**DPD GPA will be calculated using the courses outlined on the Pre-select Admission Option form.

Application Process:

  1. Attend the pre-select interest meeting in the fall to review the admission requirements and discuss the application process.  
  2. Complete the Saint Louis University Pre-select Admission Form during the fall semester of your senior year, and no later than Jan. 10 for preadmission for the following year.  Forms are available from the pre-select adviser.
  3. Complete the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Supervised Practice Application Form during the fall semester of your senior year, and no later than Jan. 10. Forms are available from the pre-select adviser (Katie Eliot) and on the DIET 3890 Blackboard site.
  4. Three letters of recommendation using the standard Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Waiver and Recommendation Form are required from SLU faculty and/or other professionals who can attest to your academic and/or professional attributes and support your application for the pre-select program. Please submit each reference letter in a sealed envelope with the signature of the person submitting reference on the envelope closure as part of the application packet.
  5. Letter of Application(s)/personal statement(s) including professional interests, goals, personal attributes, etc. that support(s) your candidacy for the SLU dietetic internship and aptitude for a the specific track(s) should be included. A separate letter of application is required for each concentration. This letter should indicate to which track(s) you are applying. You may apply to all concentrations and prioritize your choices on the pre-select admission form.
  6. Statement of intent to complete a DPD must be included in the pre-select application and a verification statement of DPD completion must be submitted by Aug. 1 of the internship year.
  7. A résumé listing prior work experience, honors, awards and other relevant data should be included in the pre-select application packet.
  8. The completed application packet must be submitted to the dietetic internship director no later than Jan. 10 for pre-admission into the dietetic internship class for the following year.
  9. Completed applications packets can be hand-delivered to the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics or mailed (postmarked deadline Jan. 10) to:

    Internship Selection Committee
    Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Doisy College of Health Sciences
    Saint Louis University
    3437 Caroline Street, Room 3076
    St. Louis, MO 63104-1111

Applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or rejection into the dietetic internship program no later than Jan. 15 prior to the scheduled program year. Failure to complete academic and graduation requirements will compromise internship admission.

Students notified of acceptance who decide to participate in computer matching, pursue other educational/career options or postpone the internship should do so by Jan. 15 before the scheduled internship year, with written notification to the dietetic internship director and, if applicable, should notify D&D Digital to participate in computer matching.

The applications to the dietetic internship and graduate program are separate processes. The application for the graduate program should be initiated after the applicant has been accepted into the internship. There is a $40 graduate program application fee. The graduate application should be submitted online. Learn more about SLU’s Master of Science in nutrition and dietetics.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

SLU's supervised practice program (dietetic internship) is currently granted full and continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend.

Registration and state licensure can be obtained from the completion of the program and Registration Examination for Dietitians. For information on dietetic registration, certification and licensure refer to the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.

Learn more about program outcomes and additional information.